Morning Links and Stuff

If someone is shooting at you, should you fight back, or simply wait passively for the bullet with your name on it? The NYT seems a little surprised Option One is even on the table.

Research on mass shootings over the last decade has bolstered the idea that people at the scene of an attack have a better chance of survival if they take an active stance rather than waiting to be rescued by the police, who in many cases cannot get there fast enough to prevent the loss of life.

In an analysis of 84 such shooting cases in the United States from 2000 to 2010, for example, researchers at Texas State University found that the average time it took for the police to respond was three minutes.

The next to last line of the article is a bit annoying.

What she worries about most, she said, is that spree shootings are becoming so common that she suspects people have begun to accept them as a normal part of life.

There’s not really an upsurge in spree shootings, but instead, the perception that there is an upsurge.


Is there an increase in misconduct by senior leaders, or an increase in holding senior leaders accountable for misconduct?

Three general officers have been censured for misconduct recently.

The cases have exacerbated concerns about the ethics and personal behavior of senior military officers, a problem that has bedeviled the Pentagon in recent months despite repeated pledges to address it.

That paragraph implies that recent disciplinary measures are in spite of Pentagon efforts to address ethical shortcomings.  But it seems to me that the WaPo misses the equally likely scenario where these three general officers were disciplined because of renewed efforts to focus on ethics. Bit of a chicken/egg scenario.


Is DoD too big to manage?  Robert Kozloski has a great post over at USNIblog.

Since it’s creating in 1947, DoD has ever increased the centralization of power. Arguably, the service secretaries and their staffs are little more than just another bureaucratic layer, vestigial accretions. But centralized planning tends to also reduce initiative and decrease intellectual agility. The last major reform of DoD was Goldwater/Nichols of 1986. It was specifically designed to improve the DoD in a Cold War scenario. We’ve been post-Cold War for an entire generation now. Is it time to break out the re-org boots? What should a revised DoD/service staff structure look like?


Oracle Team USA is a stunning technological achievement. A sailboat hydrofoil moving along at 40 knots is just… insane.


Still, there’s a part of me that really wishes the America’s Cup would return to the old 12-meter boat rules.


Sad, but true.

“Frankly, I don’t know what it is about California , but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I’m not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we’re number one. There’s no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on ‘Macbeth’. The three of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab. You don’t know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words.”


4 thoughts on “Morning Links and Stuff”

  1. when you send such dopes to congress from a number of states, all
    gop, then it is time to lay off california

  2. Hey. AZ and SC have sent their idiots as well. Quisling McCain and Little Miss Graham are not shining examples of political pulchritude and brilliance. In their own way, the GOP is just as bad.

    1. I’m particularly embarrassed about Graham. Early in his career, he was a conservative firebrand. He was one of the ones leading the charge against Clinton. I think he just got a little too comfortable with DC society and now considers his primary job to be getting re-elected.

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